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Sunday, January 17th, 2010

In a U.S. News and World Report story distributed via Yahoo dubbed “The 10 Best Discontinued Cars,” the FJ Cruiser and Toyota Matrix were Mentioned. 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser

It seems author Rick Newman spoke with an unnamed analyst at Kelley Blue Book  in an effort to help new car shoppers find exceptionally deep discounts on new cars. It gets messy though: As part of that process, Newman sought to:

“…identify models likely to be discontinued over the next couple of years. For some of these models, the manufacturers have confirmed that the car is being axed; others made the list because of strong indicators that they’re being discontinued, such as manufacturing changes or declining shipments to dealers.”

Note the word usage of “likely” and “next couple of years” coupled to that very misleading title. To Newman’s credit, he notes “unconfirmed” when discussing vehicles that haven’t been officially killed off, but, the title is misleading and the execution of the list itself has shades of a  disingenuous nature, particularly as it mixes vehicles that have already been officially nixed (Honda S2000, Mercury Sable, Pontiac G8, Saturn Sky, Volkswagen Jetta GLI) with end-of-life models likely to be replaced or die out such as (Chevrolet Colorado, Lexus SC430). There are also nameplates that have been facing declining or slow sales such as  the Toyota Matrix and FJ Cruiser listed and it is these vehicles we want to address here.

Curt McCallister, Toyota’s Midwest Public Relations Manager spoke about the fate of the Matrix and FJ Cruiser, and he offered us the following guidance:

“There are no plans to discontinue either model. The Yahoo story is erroneous in that it was based on conjecture from unnamed analysts from Kelley Blue Book. The reporter (Newman) was informed of the factual errors in his story, multiple times yesterday. He was also questioned on why we weren’t allowed to confirm or deny these assumptions. It was poor reporting that unfortunately has an Internet reach.”


Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Scion Owners Behave!!… A study by ISO Quality Planning identified the 10 most ticketed vehicles and the 10 least ticketed. The study puts the Hummer H2 and H3 at the top of the list, followed closely by and get this the Scion tC and two other Scion models, the xB and xA.

What are 3 Scion Models, a Toyota Matrix, and a Solara doing on a top 10 ticket list??… Analysis helps make this more explainable.

Scion tc and the other models including the Toyotas have an average customer age of 25 years old;… and with plenty of aftermarket performance accessories available out there, Scion and Matrix demographics skew to the early 30s (still feeling fearless) according to parent company, Toyota. That popularity with youthful drivers, who typically translate into a higher incidence of violations helps explain Scion and Toyota’s new notoriety.

A couple of Mercedes-Benz AMG models, the CLK63 and CLS63 also make the list, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. The 10 least ticketed cars include a healthy dose of minivans and trucks.

Most ticketed Rate                                 Least ticketed Rate
Hummer H2/H3 463%                             Jaguar XJ 11%
Scion tC 460%                                          Chevrolet Suburban 16%
Scion XB 403%                                         Chevrolet Tahoe 21%
Mercedes Benz CLK63 AMG 397%           Chevrolet 3500/2500 28%
Toyota Solara Coupe 306%                      Buick Park Avenue 32%
Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG 276%           Mazda6 34%
Scion xA 275%                                         Buick Rainier 37%
Subaru Outback 266%                              Buick Lucerne 40%
Toyota Matrix 264%                                 GMC C1500 pickup 40%

*Violations per 100,000 miles driven, expressed as percentage of average.

The study doesn’t specify what kinds of traffic tickets, so there’s no telling if Hummers or Scions are more likely to speed or run red lights, but you could probably make some reasonable guesses. I would say Scion Owners Behave!!

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